Graeme Swann admits coronavirus uncertainty has left coaching spell ‘in limbo’

Graeme Swann admits to being 'in limbo' as he waits to find out whether a return to top flight sport will happen for him this year.

Swann is due to join new Hundred franchise, Trent Rockets, as bowling coach, but with the new tournament likely to be pushed back to 2021 at least, everything is on hold.

The 41-year-old played nine seasons at Trent Bridge and with former Notts skipper Stephen Fleming the man in charge of the new side, there will be a strong local flavour to the setup.

But just like all the other work he had lined up this summer, Swann is waiting to find out just how big an impact Coronavirus is going to have.

“I've got no work at all right now,” said Swann. “Every single job that I had coming up was involved in the game, mainly commentating on cricket or public speaking engagements.

“Beyond that I had quite an exciting summer lined up and I was getting myself into a bit of top level coaching.

“I am due to work with The Hundred side Trent Rockets in Nottingham as bowling coach and work alongside my old captain Stephen Fleming, which will be great whenever it gets going.

“I'm lucky, I am able to live happily with the family without too many worries, but I'm in limbo at the moment and I still need to work.”

While he waits to work Swann is putting his broadcasting abilities to good use by hosting a cricketers' quiz in aid of NHS Charities and the PCA Trust on Instagram on Friday night.

But when the pandemic is over Swann's foray into coaching surely must include a stint with England on their new year tour of the subcontinent that is expected to contain seven Tests in Sri Lanka and India.

Swann bowled England to victories in both countries as a player and has a sharp spinner's brain that understands the art inside out.

Both Rangana Herath and Jeetan Patel have been used by the ECB to help their spin bowlers recently, but the availability of the England's most successful wicket-taking spinner of all time across formats should not be sniffed at.

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